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Working with older people

Growing the workforce for older people

Older people are often invisible in conversations about mental health and substance use.

While older people may experience such problems differently to younger adults, their needs are equally as important.

Indeed, the World Health Organization emphasises access to services that can mitigate harm and suffering is a fundamental human right, regardless of people’s age and health status.

Te Pou is working to identify and undertake workforce development activity to grow the workforce for older people who have problems with mental health or substances.

Read our project report (2019) to the Ministry of Health. This identifies ten workforce development priorities across the five domains of workforce development. Read about useful information and resources for health workers, service managers and leaders and others including Information, research and evaluation, Organisational development and Learning and development.

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Te Pou has a wide range of evidence-based resources and tools to help the mental health, addiction and disability workforces.

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Our work

Te Pou works alongside mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges.

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